Sunday, January 20, 2008

New super ferries to cross Skagerak

There are more good news for those of you that plan to travel to Scandinavia the coming year. Increased competition and more capacity on water and in the air will give better bargains for Norwegian and European travelers.

From Norway to Denmark in less than 4 hours

Color Line operates several services from Norway to the continent. There are daily passages from Kristiansand, Larvik, and Oslo to Hirtshals in Denmark, and from Oslo to Kiel in Germany.

From April 2008 new high speed ferries will sail from Hirtshals to Kristiansand and Larvik. The new boats will take a little under 2000 passengers and 700 cars. Crossing at a speed of 27 knots, the crossing will take 3 hours 15 minutes to Kristiansand and 3 hours 45 minutes to Larvik.

See more on Superspeed 1 & 2 here

See video on the new boats here.

See Color Magic in Oslo

Color Line commissioned Color Magic, sister ship of Color Fantasy to sail from Oslo to Kiel. This large ship is ready to start sailing to Germany from January 2008. Color Fantasy and Color Magic are among the largest passengers ferries in regular traffic in the world. They are enormous floating hotels with 15 floors and can take up to 2700 passengers and 550 cars.

In January you may even get a guided tour on the new vessel when docked in Oslo. For information and booking click here (in Norwegian only)

Ready, steady, go - for Rygge airport

5.55 PM, February 14th Norwegian Air Shuttles flight to Budapest will be the first lift off from the brand new Rygge Airport. This airport is the 3rd airport in driving distance from the Norwegian capital.

I went to Sweden two weeks ago, and as I passed the airport it was clear that it was close to completion. The airports at Rygge and Torp will offer serious competition to Oslo Airport, the main hub in the Oslo Metropolitan area. Lower fees at these airports will also mean lower ticket prices to the continent.

The Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten has published photos from this brand new airport. You can see them here.

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